Hockey East picks – January 7-12

Dave remains in the witness protection program and now trails me in both the wins column and in winning percentage. Going to take a second-half rally (that and a return to society) for him to be the winner this year.

Dave last week: Did not pick
Jim last week: 4-2-1
Dave’s record-to-date: 49-21-18 (.659)
Jim’s record-to-date: 53-17-16 (.709)

Here are this week’s picks:

Friday, January 7

Providence at BC
Jim’s pick: It’s been an impressive year for the Friars thus far but BC, with its World Junior players back, should win this one.
BC 5, PC 3

Northeastern at UMass
Jim’s pick: Both of these teams were beginning to look decent heading into break. I think home ice will be the deciding factor.
UMass 3, NU 2

Massachusetts-Lowell at New Hampshire
Jim’s pick: Lowell is picking the wrong time to play a UNH team ticked off at its loss to St. Lawrence.
UNH 6, UML 2

Saturday, January 8

Boston College at Providence
Jim’s pick: Eagles finish the sweep on the road.
BC 3, PC 2 (OT)

Maine at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: Promised I wouldn’t pick against Merrimack at home until they lost. Well, they did just that against NU and now, suddenly, I’m picking against the Warriors again.
Maine 4, MC 2

New Hampshire at Massachusetts
Jim’s pick: Even though UMass often gives UNH fits, I’m going with the Wildcats in this one.
UNH 4, UMass 3

Massachusetts-Lowell at Northeastern
Jim’s pick: Huskies get back in the win column
NU 5, UML 2

Sunday, January 9

Boston University at Vermont
Jim’s pick: It’s about time for BU to begin its rebound from its holiday tournament letdown.
BU 3, UVM 1

Wednesday, January 12

Boston University at Merrimack
Jim’s pick: Here’s my upset pick of the week, even if the upset is a minor one.
MC 4, BU 3